Suburban Paris synagogue nixes chief rabbi occasion amid worry of violence over Gaza

Amid fears of anti-Semitic violence at anti-Israel protests in and round Paris, a synagogue of a southern suburb cancelled for undisclosed causes an occasion that includes town’s chief rabbi.

The occasion deliberate for Wednesday night with Rabbi Michel Gugenheim on the Yaguel Yaacov synagogue in Montrouge was postponed abruptly hours earlier than it was scheduled to start. The Consistoire, French Jewry’s group liable for spiritual providers, despatched out an e-mail to all the recipients of its correspondence telling them the occasion had been postponed indefinitely.

The cancellation comes amid warnings by the Nationwide Bureau for Vigilance Towards Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, of an elevated danger for anti-Semitic violence at or round rallies deliberate for Wednesday over lethal clashes between Israeli forces and protesters close to Israel’s border with Gaza on Monday.

Contacted by JTA, a Consistoire spokesperson and the spokesperson of the Jewish group of Montrouge declined to reveal any data relating to the rationale for the cancellation.

Different communal occasions are scheduled to happen as deliberate, together with a lecture by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Wednesday night at a lodge in central Paris that’s being organized by the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities.

At present, an anti-Israel protest rally is deliberate for Wednesday night at Republique Sq., which is positioned a couple of mile away from the lodge the place the CRIF occasion is scheduled to happen.

One other rally is being organized within the northern suburb of Stains, by its mayor, Azzedine Taibi.

BNVCA in an announcement mentioned that the Stains Jewish group has lately been severely depleted due to “insecurity, anti-Semitic violence and Palestine activism” there. It additionally warned the rallies organized by the mayor might set off anti-Semitic assaults there and past.

In 2014, greater than a dozen synagogues in France have been focused with firebombs or gunshots amid a wave of protests all through Paris over Israel’s assaults on Hamas in Gaza. On the Don Isaac Abravanel Synagogue in Paris, dozens of Jewish males confronted greater than 100 Arab males exterior the place of worship, the place lots of of congregants have been besieged for 20 minutes awaiting arrival of police.

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